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What Exactly Does a Speech Therapist Do?

As a Speech Language Pathologist, or Speech Therapist, working in the schools, my job is to assess and treat children who cannot produce sounds clearly; who have problems understanding and producing language; and who might have cognitive communication impairments, such as attention, memory and problem solving disorders. I work closely with your child's teacher to make sure that my goals are lined up with what is being taught in the classroom. Therapy is typically done in a pull-out model, where the student is pulled out of the classroom and brought into a separate smaller room with 2 or 3 other students; or in a push-in model, where the speech therapist goes into the classroom and provides therapy to the whole class, or pulls students aside within the classroom. Below are some definitions of terms you may not be familiar with as defined by ASHA.

  • When a person is unable to produce speech sounds correctly or fluently, or has problems with his or her voice, then he or she has a speech disorder. Difficulties pronouncing sounds, or articulation disorders, and stuttering are examples of speech disorders.
  • When a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language), or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings completely (expressive language), then he or she has a language disorder